Who We Are

The governing body at Barrow Hall Primary School is made up of people with different skills who combined give a more rounded input to the school. They represent some of the different parties with vested interest in the school including parents, staff, members of the local community and the local authority all of whom have a focus on the continuing success of the school.

Chris Forrest – Chair of Governors, Safeguarding Governor
Type of Governor: Co-opted
Date appointed: 15th March 2010
Appointed by: Governing Body
Term of office end: 13th October 2018

Chris joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in March 2010, becoming Vice Chair in September 2012 and Chair in 2014 . He has lived in Whittle Hall for more than 18 years and has two daughters, both at Great Sankey High School. Chris is a fair weather cyclist and enjoys supporting the school in any way he can.

michaelMichael Clews
Type of Governor: Co-opted
Date appointed: 14th October 2008
Appointed by: Governing Body

Term of office end: 13th October 2018

Mike joined the Governing Body in 2008 when his daughter started at the school. Born and bred in Great Sankey, Michael attended local schools, and is a time served multi-skilled engineer with 21+ years’ service. Also father to two boys, both at the school, it is his wish to improve the school, with the aid of his professional skills, to make it the safest and most enjoyable educational environment it can be.

johnJohn Littler
Type of Governor: Staff – Headteacher
Date appointed: 1st January 2013
Appointed by: Governing Body

Term of office end: 13th October 2018

John joined Barrow Hall as Headteacher in 2013, his previous post was Headteacher at Locking Stumps Primary School in Birchwood, a position he held for over ten years. Prior to this, he was Deputy Headteacher at Locking Stumps and taught at two primary schools in Widnes. John has two children, Billy and Eva, and spends any spare time he has indulging his obsession with Manchester United.

Jane Dilorenzo
Type of Governor: Associate – no voting rights on personnel-related issues
Appointed by: Governing Body
Term of office end: 13th October 2018

Jane is Deputy Head teacher at the school and has worked at Barrow Hall for over 20 years. She has been a member of the Governing Body in various capacities for far too long to remember. Jane’s ties and commitment to the school extend beyond being in a professional capacity, she has had both her children attend the school before moving onto the high school. Consequently, Barrow Hall has very much been more a way of life than a ‘job’ and Jane is passionate about doing the best for all the children and families associated with the school.

lesleyLesley Snow
Type of Governor: Co-opted
Date appointed: 26th September 2012
Appointed by: Governing Body

Term of office end: 13th October 2018

Lesley joined the Governing Body in September 2012. She is a lifelong resident of Great Sankey, a former pupil of the school and has two girls, one of which is still at the school. Barrow Hall has been a big part of Lesley’s life and is a place she is very passionate about. Lesley has a career history in marketing and prior to that administration and now works at Barrow Hall as a Teaching Assistant. Lesley wants the very best for the children at the school and enjoys being part of a team which supports and challenges the school to be the best it can be.

aswadAswad Qadeer – Chair of Resources and SEND Governor
Type of Governor: Co-opted
Date appointed: 25th March 2010
Appointed by: Governing Body

Term of office end: 13th October 2018

Aswad joined the governing body as a parent governor in March 2010. He has lived in Great Sankey for more than 16 years, is married and father of two boys, who have attended the school and now moved onto high school. Aswad works in a Sales/Commercial role within the IT industry, he plays golf and also enjoys watching football and cricket. Aswad is passionate about the school and committed to ensuring that the school environment is enjoyable and a rewarding experience for the children and staff, enabling the children to fulfil their potential.

kathrynKathryn Shaw
Type of Governor: Co-opted
Date appointed: 21st October 2010
Appointed by: Governing Body
Term of office end: 13th October 2018

Kathryn has been a Governor since 2010 and in this time has been involved in various aspects of school governance and all of the committees. She has two boys who have attended the school and now moved onto high school. She aims to take an active part in school life whenever possible. Prior to joining the governing body she was Chair of the Friends of Barrow Hall.

Kathryn has been a teacher in secondary schools, a lecturer of IT in a college and prior to that she had many years experience working in the IT industry. Currently she is self employed with her own small business. Kathryn aims to challenge and support the school in its improvement plans, and is looking forward to a bright future for Barrow Hall Primary School.

malcolmMalcolm MacIntosh
Type of Governor: Co-opted Governor and Equalities Governor
Date appointed: 11th October 2016
Appointed by: Governing Body

Term of office end: 10th October 2019

Malcolm joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in 2012. He has lived in the Penketh and Great Sankey area for over 44 years and his children attended Barrow Hall. A grandfather now, one of his grandsons has also attended the school before moving on to high school. Malcolm enjoys his role as a governor supporting the school in the many challenges ahead.

Julie Page
Type of Governor: Local Authority
Date appointed: 16th February 2017
Appointed by Governing Body: Nominated by Local Authority and appointed by Governing Body
Term of Office end: 15th February 2021

Julie joined the Governing Body in September 2016. A resident of Great Sankey, and a former pupil of Barrow Hall, Julie is keen to be part of a team that promotes learning and encourages children to reach their full potential on their school journey. With a Master’s Degree in Child Psychology and a career history in social research, Julie is keen to use her valuable skills, knowledge and experience in the role of Governor to support the school to be the best it can be.

 

David Hughes
Type of Governor: Parent
Date appointed: 12th December 2016
Appointed by: Parents
Term of office end: 11th December 2020

David joined the Governing Body in December 2016. He has two children, one of which is at Barrow Hall. David is an Assistant Headteacher in a secondary school and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Sixth Form. Being a teacher he understands education and believes in the importance of giving every child the best chance to fulfil their potential. He joined the governing body at Barrow Hall to help and support the school in becoming, and remaining, the top performing primary in the region. As a teacher of drama he sees great value in providing students with a wide and varied curriculum and opportunities beyond the classroom.
David is a keen charity fundraiser and has taken part in events to raise money for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Reach Charity, an organisation for children with upper limb differences. He and his family like holidaying in the Lake District and France and like to spend their weekends exploring National Trust properties such as Speke Hall and Dunham Massey.

Amanda Avery
Type of Governor: Co-opted
Date appointed: 18th May 2017
Appointed by: Governing Body
Term of office end: 17th May 2021

Amanda has a keen interest in education holding a Master’s degree within Teaching and Learning and currently works for the Local Authority within education. One of her children attends the school and Amanda is keen to support and challenge the school so that all learners can achieve their very best.

 

Imtiaz Jamil
Type of Governor: Co-opted
Date appointed: 18th May 2017
Term of office end: 17th May 2021

Imtiaz joined the governing body as a parent governor in July 2017. He has lived in Great Sankey since 1998, is married and a father of three children, all who have attended(ing) Barrow Hall.

Imtiaz runs his own sports coaching company and is an avid football fan both watching and playing. He is also the General Secretary of the Warrington Islamic Association where he helps the local Mosque and community, delivering fundraising charity events, open days, outreach programs and the management of the community hall.

Imtiaz has always played a role in helping the school from volunteering at school events to providing a short course to the children on presentation skills and public speaking, something he is very passionate about. Imtiaz is keen to ensure the school is run at its best for the benefit of the children and that every child has the best educational start in life at Barrow Hall.

Thom Watts – Staff Governor
Type of Governor: Staff
Date Appointed: 1.11.2016
Appointed by: Staff
Term of Office end: 31.10.20

Thom is a Year 6 teacher in his fourth year at Barrow Hall and has been a Staff Governor since November 2016. Having been appointed SENDCO in 2014, Thom is passionate about gaining the best possible outcomes for all Special Needs learners in the school. In his spare time, Thom can be found devising new recipes in the kitchen!

Gareth Fryar
Type of Governor: Co-opted
Date appointed: 16th November 2011
Appointed by: Governing Body
Term of office end: 13th October 2018

Kirsten Riley
Clerk to the full Governors

Term of office end: September 2019

Mr Lee Ratcliffe
Type of Governor: Parent Governor
Date appointed: 9/4/18
Appointed by: Parents
Term of office end: 7/4/22
Lee was elected to join the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in April 2018. He has two daughters: Lucy currently attends Barrow Hall Primary School and Emilia is set to follow in her footsteps soon. Lee is the Headteacher of a large secondary school in Liverpool and has worked in education for 20 years. He is passionate about schools and communities, believing that schools should be moral centers for the communities that they serve. He is proud to work with Barrow Hall in that regard. Outside of education, Lee is committed to his family, his football and his cycling!

The following were members of the Board of Governors in the past 12 months:
Mr Michael Scott – Parent Governor, resigned February 2018
Mrs Julie Lawson – Co-opted Governor, resigned December 2017